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To create a Firmenich molecule is both a technical and aesthetic challenge.

On average 2,000 new molecules are screened every year through a series of rigorous tests.
Typically only four to six unique, precious synthetic ingredients are approved annually for Firmenich’s perfumery and flavor palette.

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Our molecules are like rough diamonds. It’s up to us, once they come into our hands, to nurture them, to carve them and to make them shine in a fragrance the right way. They’re diamonds in the making.

Ilias Ermenidis, Perfumer, New York


Clearwood® delivers all the rewards of modern ingredient design.
Beaming with light, it offers the creamy warmth of amber and a dark woody character reminiscent of patchouli.
Clearwood® is a truly inspiring ingredient made possible by the genius of science and rendered unforgettable by the perfumers’ intuition.
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Expert in floral notes

Consider Firmenich’s discovery of Iralia® in 1903, the invention of Hedione® in the 1960’s, our breakthrough analysis of rose ketones, and the more recent release of Firascone™. Our expertise in the Floral family is unparalleled.



Innovator in AMBER NOTES

With the Ambrox® discovery and the following synthesis, Firmenich captured the quintessence of mysterious ambergris, giving perfumers access to a wider range beyond natural extracts.

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Pioneer in MUSK NOTES

Firmenich is a pioneer in the discovery and chemistry of synthetic musks. Recognized in the industry as the reference for musk molecules, we continue to develop our expertise and fine-tune our savoir-faire of this mysterious family of molecules.

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Designer in WOODY NOTES

Firmenich’s research has supported the advent of powerful and elegant woody-ambery and sandalwood notes which, until we created them, were limited by natural production and protection of sandalwood.

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Architect in GREEN NOTES

Firmenich inventions in the green family molecules are one of the cornerstones in the history of perfumery.

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Learn more about our innovative Ingredients. Be inspired by our shared innovation.

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